Sheerin urges fans to keep up their support

Paul Sheerin Arbroath Fotball Club manager.
Paul Sheerin Arbroath Fotball Club manager.

MANAGER Paul Sheerin is hoping the Maroon faithful will continue to grow as the Lichties enjoy one of their best starts to a season in years.

They currently sit top of Division Two after five league games and bounced back to pull off a nail-biting 4-3 win against Dumbarton on Saturday when a big travelling support made the journey.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Airdrie United will be the visitors to Gayfield and the boss told HeraldSport another bumper crowd will spur on the side to victory.

He said: “The fans seemed to have really responded to the football we are playing at the moment.

“It is great to see that the gate numbers are up and we hope they just keep rising.

“We know it’s not easy and watching football comes at a cost but hopefully we tempt a few back to Gayfield who used to be regulars.

“On Saturday the fans never stopped singing and turned out in their numbers and just kept behind us the whole way.

“They may not think it but it makes a massive difference and gives us a real boost.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Airdrie United come to Gayfield on the back of a 4-0 win against local rivals Albion Rovers.

It is the first time that the Diamonds have come up against Arbroath this season and even though they may be an unknown quantity, Mr Sheerin is certain it will be a tough game.

He explained: “We don’t know too much about them but the look to be a decent side with lots of experience from the likes of David Lilley, Sean Lynch and the big forward Derek Holmes.

“They will come here full of confidence but I think we can go into the game with confidence, too, after our win at the weekend.

“There is no doubt it will be a good game, maybe a scrappy 1-0 will be nice for a change but as long as we win it doesn’t really matter.”

Arbroath are now becoming known for their high scoring games and Saturday was no exception as the Lichties knocked four past Dumbarton to record their first away points of the season.

And the boss has been impressed with how easy the team is finding the back of the net.

He said: “To be honest I didn’t think we would have been scoring as frequently as we did last season but it has seemed to have continued.

“We know it won’t happen every week but so far it has been really encouraging.

“The character we are showing to come back from being down also bodes well and we have a good spirit here.

“On Saturday being 3-2 down at half-time we just asked the players to make it a clean sheet in the second half and we might have a chance and that it what they did.

“So it was credit in the second half for that.”

However, the Lichties cannot escape the fact that so far this season they have also conceded nine times, including three times on Saturday.

But Mr Sheerin is quick to point out the entire team not just the back five have to stop the leakages.

He added: “Obviously we want to shut the back doors but we play open, attacking football.

“It is just the way we play but it is more than just the back five who have to stop the goals.

“But as long as we are winning and staying in the positions near the top, hopefully we will be in the pack that can break away from the bottom at the end of the quarter.”